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Educational Programming

Free, theme-based science programs for students in grades 4-12.

 

August 18, 2014
Students at the Bradbury during an onsite field trip.

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We offer free, theme-based, Next Generation Science Standards-aligned Museum Xplorations for school groups. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed Interactive Virtual Museum Xplorations (IVMX) as an alternative to our in-person Museum Xplorations. These free, theme-based, NGSS-aligned Museum offerings consist of: 

  • A live-streamed introduction to the program and theme
  • A hands-on STEM activity (materials included)
  • A live-streamed closing for student presentations followed by a Q&A session to wrap up the experience

Please contact us at bsm-edu@lanl.gov if you have any questions or special circumstances that we can address.

Interactive Virtual Museum Xplorations (IVMX)

These free, theme-based, NGSS-aligned Museum offerings consist of: 

  • A live-streamed introduction to the program and theme
  • A hands-on STEM activity (materials included)
  • A live-streamed closing for student presentations followed by a Q&A session to wrap up the experience

In order for students to participate in this opportunity, we have prepared materials kits for distribution by the teacher via a parent/student pickup. These materials kits will be mailed to teachers approximately two weeks prior to the first live-stream meeting.  

Upon completion of the IVMX, students and teachers will be given the opportunity to provide feedback to the Museum educators via an online survey.  

IVMX Themes

Bring History to Life –Grade 6 and above.
In this theme students are introduced to the Manhattan Project within the setting of WWII-era communications and the Home Front. Emphasis is on communications, espionage and encryption during the war. Students will listen to WWII-era radio broadcasts, read WWII-era magazine articles, break an encrypted message and solve an espionage mystery centered in New Mexico. This theme includes materials that must be returned to the Museum and prepaid postage will be provided.

Building Immunity – Grade 7 and above.
In this theme, students will examine how a virus enters our cells, what it does once it’s inside, how our bodies fight viruses and what we can do to decrease the likelihood of getting an infection. In this theme’s hands-on activity, students will take on the roles of virus, cell and the immune system to better understand the biological processes taking place within our bodies. These materials do not need to be returned to the Museum. 

Online reservations will be available shortly. At present, if you are interested in scheduling an Interactive Virtual Museum Xploration or have questions about the program, please contact our educators at bsm-edu@lanl.gov.

Onsite Museum Xplorations—currently on hold

Our onsite Museum Xplorations are currently on hold. If you are interested in tentatively scheduling with us for next year, please use our onsite MX reservation page.

Onsite MX Themes

Engineering–Grade 4 and above
This theme introduces students to the broad field of engineering. Depending on age level, several different engineering activities are offered that focus on NGSS science and engineering practices. Using the engineering design cycle, students problem-solve through hands-on challenges in our Tech Lab

Bring History to Life–Grade 6 and above
In our History theme, students use the "lens" of a historian to examine artifacts and learn about the people and places of the Manhattan Project. In this theme's hands-on challenge, students experience the urgency and issues Los Alamos scientists experienced in the world-changing race to build the first atomic weapons.

Exploring STEM Careers–Grade 9 and above
This theme explores a broad range of available STEM careers and their typical educational requirements. Students learn the difference between a scientist and an engineer, and between an engineer and a technician. They delve into the different types of engineers and technicians and discover which STEM careers routinely rely on math and computer modeling vs. those that utilize hands-on fabrication. Students will self-asses their own interests and explore the range of STEM career opportunities at LANL. 

  • Programs last 2 hours for a maximum of 50 students at a time.
  • For groups 50-100, we provide a morning and afternoon rotation.
Scheduling a Field Trip

To request an onsite Museum Xploration with our educators, please fill out the MX Request Form and return it to bsm-edu@lanl.gov. These MX are currently on hold, but we are happy to tentatively schedule your group for next year, assuming the Museum is open then. If you experience difficulty with the form, please try a different browser.

  • Programs last 2 hours for a maximum of 50 students at a time.
  • For groups 50-100, we provide a morning and afternoon rotation.

At present, if you are interested in scheduling an Interactive Virtual Museum Xploration or have questions about the program, please contact our educators at bsm-edu@lanl.gov.

Self-guided Museum visits

If you are bringing a group larger than 25, but don't require structured programming, please let us know with an email to bsm-edu@lanl.gov.

Summer Science on Wheels

If your school site houses state or federally funded summer academic enrichment programs (21st Century Community Learning Centers or K-3Plus, for example) our Museum educators can provide hands-on science experiences at your school site. Please contact us in early spring to request a visit for June or July as availability is limited.

To request information or be added to our program updates emailing, please contact us at bsm-edu@lanl.gov.

Field Trip Funding
The Bradbury Science Museum Association, a non-profit partner of the Bradbury Science Museum, will be accepting applications for bus scholarships. More information and access to the online form will be available soon.